Oxford still on the trail of Wonderland

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Oxford continues to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with an art trail across the city taking in exhibitions and displays throughout the summer.

Centrepiece of the trail is an international exhibition running at The Story Museum until September 16, which reveals how Lewis Carroll’s famous stories have inspired images across the world.

Tea with Alice celebrates a new golden age of Alice illustration, showcasing a stunning display of almost 100 original illustrations by some of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, from Slovakia, Italy, Brazil, France, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Germany, Austria, USA, Iran, Brazil, Korea, Portugal and Russia. British artists represented are: Anthony Browne, John Vernon Lord and Helen Oxenbury.

Tea with Alice also includes two family activity rooms: the Riddle Me Room featuring a Mad Tea Party and a Read Me room where visitors can relax with different editions of Alice.

The exhibition has been specially curated for The Story Museum by Ju Godinho and Eduardo Filipe who said: “Alice’s adventures are marked by a chain of characters and episodes: down the rabbit hole, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Tea-Party. This exhibition captures these moments and is a unique opportunity to compare styles, schools and techniques.” A 60 page full colour portfolio has been produced as a catalogue for the exhibition, which is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The Story Museum: until 16 September. Tea with Alice: Entry £5 (combined entry with Rochester’s Storyloom), concessions £3, under 2s free. Open Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun in July; in August open Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun. For more information visit www.storymuseum.org.uk/teawithalice